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artist and writer Mamta Chit­nis Sen held her solo ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings named ru­ralscape at Gallery Zierou in Mum­bai. the paint­ings are an amal­ga­ma­tion of Mamta’s work on ru­ral women and ru­ral land­scapes from the re­gion of konkan in Ma­ha­rash­tra, West Ben­gal and ch­hat­tis­garh.

after ‘the Wait’ and ‘silent Brides’, ru­ralscape is the con­clu­sion of the series of paint­ings that are con­cen­trated on in­dia’s chang­ing ru­ral land­scape and the peo­ple co-ex­ist­ing within it­self.

‘the Wait’ was in­spired by women from sawant­wadi, in the konkan re­gion of Ma­ha­rash­tra de­pict­ing women farm­ers (of all ages and stages in life—sin­gle, mar­ried, age­ing) at­tend­ing to their daily chores. ‘The Wait’ was first ex­hib­ited at Coomar­swamy Hall at prince of Wales Mu­seum in 2014 and later in Bres­suire, france in 2015 at chateau De Bres­suire on in­vi­ta­tion of World cit­i­zen artists and the Mayor of Bres­suire. the series were also ex­hib­ited at in­dian coun­cil for cul­tural re­la­tions in kolkata in 2016 and later at red Door Gallery, copen­hagen, Den­mark. While the paint­ings from the konkan fo­cus on the women from the farm­ing com­mu­nity and their daily lives on the fields, those from West Ben­gal and Ch­hat­tis­garh fo­cus on women from the tribal com­mu­ni­ties such as that of the san­thal. the blank faces of women in the paint­ings are a sym­bol of how women farm­ers in in­dia are de­void of their own voice and iden­tity and how they con­tinue to re­main merely a mi­nor­ity, ne­glected and ig­nored. the paint­ings high­light the plight of these women and their cir­cum­stances. The land­scapes too por­tray their own dis­tinct ge­og­ra­phy—the lush green fields of Konkan and ch­hat­tis­garh ap­pear to speak their own lan­guage. For more de­tails con­tact : Mamta Chit­nis Sen @ 7718976559 or on mamta37@gmail.com

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